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I am one of those people who tends to volunteer for things and then later asks myself- now why did I do that? I am so far behind on so much that I don't know where to start?! And then to boot, I pulled my back gardening and have been horizontal most of this last week! Talk about frustrated! But today I actually can sit up at the computer and am doing much better!

I never have posted about my guild retreat from 2 weeks ago. I had a great time! The other ladies are super and the instructors were fabulous! The first day we had a class on the batik star by Augusta Cole. She lives in Richmond, VA and if you ever have the chance to take a workshop by her, you will not be disappointed. She was great! Here is a photo of 3 of my 40 blocks I need to make to make a bed size quilt.

I I learned a few new tricks and hope they will be retained in my memory so I can use them to be a better quilter! The next day of the retreat we had a great lecture by Augusta COle and then a pleated log cabin workshop. I already knew how to do them, but the workshop was fun nonetheless.

I think I will make a table runner out of the blocks. They are all batik scraps. One of my quilting buddies here in town will be proud of me! (Erin!)

My next project to work on is going to help my daughter finish her entry for the fair. She has been struggling with the outline sewing on her wall hanging. She has until mid July, but is going away for the summer in a few weeks, so I want her to get it done! I don't think I'll have anything that I really want to enter. Well, I guess I could if I didn't have so many other things that I need to get done around the house, farm and community. I need to learn to say "no" more often!

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Comment by Vesuvius Mama on June 1, 2009 at 6:01am
Sorry to hear about your back, Kim! And I'm there with you on the "learning to say NO" front. I've been making big strides, divesting myself of two major responsibilities in just one year! Of course, then I agreed to be a cub scout den co-leader... Anyway, your projects look great - and good for you for using up your scraps!
Comment by Becky Bozic on May 28, 2009 at 11:08am
I absolutely love batik fabrics!! These are all beautiful. OK....I'll show my ignorance.....what makes it a "pleated" log cabin???
Comment by MorelCabin on May 28, 2009 at 10:52am
That is going to be stunning! I am starting to get really intersted in batiks lately! Love the bright colors. Gardening makes for a very busy spring doesn't it? Glad to hear your back is better
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 28, 2009 at 7:58am
The batiks are so pretty.
Comment by Pam/NY on May 28, 2009 at 7:57am
Love the color choices...those back injuries sneek up on you...it's nature's way of slowing you down!
Comment by Connecting Threads on May 28, 2009 at 7:51am
Sorry to hear about your back! Those pesky back injuries can really slow you down! I ditto everything Cheryl said :)
Comment by Cheryl / NC on May 28, 2009 at 7:44am
Ahhh....Such a simple little word, but oh so hard to say! Just know that you are not alone in needing to learn how to say that word! LOL! (Check out the new group here at CT called Darlene's Dear Jane Slackers if you don't believe me!)

I love the colors you've chosen, batiks are fun to play with! I hope you feel better soon, I know back problems are not fun! Hope you're up and around again soon!

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